Varicous Vein Information

Varicose veins frequently asked questions.

10 Frequently Asked Questions about Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, and Vein Treatments

Q1. Do varicose and spider veins happen only in the legs?

Varicose veins are most likely to occur in the legs but they can develop elsewhere. Spider veins may develop on the nose and other areas of the face but are most common in the legs. Reticular veins are most likely to occur on the backs of the legs near the knees.

Q2. What is the difference between varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins?

Diameter, shape, and location determine the category of a venous insufficiency. Varicose veins are ropey veins of about 3mm or larger that bulge from beneath the skin. Spider veins, which are a mild variant of varicose veins, measure about 1mm or smaller, and have a web-like appearance visible just under the dermis. Reticular veins are rope-like and similar to varicose veins but measure between 1mm and 3mm in diameter.

Q3. Why do I have varicose veins and spider veins?

Heredity has the greatest influence on the development of a venous insufficiency and hormonal factors make females much more likely to develop vein issues than males. Risk also increases with age, weight, height, or leg injury. Having an occupation that requires standing for long periods or living a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute.

Q4. Can I be too young/too old to have vein issues/get treatment?

Though varicose and spider veins are common in females who are 50 years of age or older, they can develop in men and women of any age. The hormonal changes of puberty and pregnancy, as well as lifestyle factors like weight, long periods of standing, or sedentary living can influence the development of vein issues in teens and young adults, too. Age is rarely a factor in candidacy for Veinwave™ or EVLT™ because they are non-surgical treatments.

Q5. Will my varicose veins or spider veins get worse?

They can. Symptoms can also increase to include achiness, a burning sensation, swelling, pain in the legs, skin discomfort and discoloration, painful skin ulcers near the ankles, or blood clots.

Q6. How do I know if I should get vein treatment?

Call us and make an appointment with Dr. Gomez to discuss treatments you can do at home or at HVI. Medical insurance may cover the cost of treatment.

Q7. What kinds of treatments are available for varicose and spider veins?

Here at the Houston Vein Institute, we offer two well-proven vein treatments. We were the first Houston-area practice that offered Veinwave™ treatment for spider veins. We also offer Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT ™) for varicose veins.

Q8. Do varicose and spider veins come back after treatment?

It is very unlikely, although, because there is no cure for the underlying cause of venous insufficiency, new vein issues may develop. After medical treatment for varicose or spider veins, the Houston Vein Institute can advise an ongoing preventative treatment plan to apply at home and with the doctor.

Q9. Is vein treatment painful?

Pain is relative to the patient and the location of treatment. Mast patients liken Veinwave™ to the feeling of plucking a hair. In some cases, we give patients an anesthetic cream to lessen the pain. EVLT™ is minimally invasive and requires no incisions, but patients do receive local anesthesia during treatment and they may take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed afterwards.

Q10. Does Veinwave™ or EVLT™ require a hospital stay?

Both treatments are outpatient and most patients resume normal activities very soon, if not immediately, afterwards.

Take the next step to restore your health. Call 713.932.6251 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gomez to learn what treatment options are available for you.

*Medical insurance may cover the cost of treatment.

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